January 10th, 2008
06:17 PM ET
2 years ago

Independent group funds anti-Huckabee ad

Huckabee has faced criticism for his handling of the Dumond case.

Huckabee has faced criticism for his handling of the Dumond case.


COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) -
Many South Carolinians watching Thursday night’s GOP debate also saw a television ad blasting former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee for allowing a convicted rapist to be released on his watch.

The ad features Lois Davidson, whose daughter Carol Sue Shields was raped and murdered by Wayne DuMond, after he was released from an Arkansas prison.

"If not for Mike Huckabee, Wayne DuMond would have been in prison and Carol Sue would be with us," Davidson says in the 30-second spot.

The ad was made by a 29-year-old Arkansas Republican, Keith Emis, who tells CNN he saw Davidson on the news last month and contacted her about making an ad.

When she agreed, Emis says he drove from Fayetteville, Arkansas, to her Missouri home to film her.

Initially, Emis posted the ad on an anti-Huckabee internet site he started, called “Huckabeefacts.com.” Two weeks ago, he started a called group called “Victims Voices,” a so-called 527 that allows him to raise unlimited money without disclosing donors.

Emis said that he was able to generate enough donations to purchase television time during Thursday night’s South Carolina debate, a decision he made just three days ago.

Emis will not say how much money he has raised, or how much he spent on the ad, only that he purchased time from several local cable stations carrying the Fox debate.

The controversial DuMond case has dogged Huckabee for years. DuMond was a convicted rapist released from prison a few months after Huckabee became governor in 1996.

Huckabee says it was the parole board’s decision, not his, though he had publicly advocated his release.

After DuMond was released, he raped and murdered Shields.

Her mother first spoke out against Huckabee last month, when the former governor began to surge in the polls. She vowed then to do anything she could to stop him from becoming president.

Emis says he worked on Tim Hutchinson’s failed Senate re-election campaign in 2002.
Hutchinson supports and campaigns for Huckabee.

–CNN's Dana Bash


Filed under: Mike Huckabee • South Carolina
soundoff (68 Responses)
  1. Honest Abe

    So glad to see that our American public gets their information from wikipedia, bases presidential votes on single amnesty cases, and generalizes all Republicans as idiots. Real well thought and intelligent responses so far! I hope more wise, rational, and level-headed voters than you determine our next president; no matter his or her political party.

    January 11, 2008 02:42 am at 2:42 am |
  2. Reva M

    This goes to show just how much you really know about the parole process. Governors only pardon when the parole board has said no on a release. It never reached Governor Huckabee. Huckabee DID NOT release him. THE PAROLE BOARD released him. Huckabee had nothing to do with this man's release. Mike Huckabee made an excellent Governor, and he WILL make an excellent President. He is the best, and the ONLY choice we should be making in this election. He certainly has my vote. Search recent stories here on CNN and you will find a photo of Mitt Romney, and he is says in the article, "let the oppostion throw at me whatever they want, just don't touch my hair". Come on folks get real. Do any of you really pay $300.00 for a haircut for crying out loud? Mitt put 17 million into his campaign, out of his own pocket. Pocket change for him. How much pocket change do you have? Mitt Romney is so out of touch with "real everyday Americans" just like you and me. He won't be giving the "real folks" a second thought in the White House. Wise up. And then you have Ron Paul. Well,...hmmm....what do you say? He will fade out of the picture soon. There is McCain. I live in the same state McCain comes from. He is good, I do give him that. But Huckabee, well, sorry McCain, Huckabee is just better. The Best.

    January 11, 2008 02:46 am at 2:46 am |
  3. tucson, az

    Oh no! They didn't get married in a church?! Heresy! Blasphemy!

    January 11, 2008 03:00 am at 3:00 am |
  4. Dave

    Dale E,

    Thank you for highlight the fact that CNN is just as likely to allow a religious bigot to post as they are someone who posts anything rational and well thought out.

    Caroline,

    I suggest you point the finger at the parole board since they get the final word on who is released unless of course the governor pardons him which he didn't in this case

    I would recommend both you loons try getting your facts straight or posting something other then random crap that is motivated in large part by stupidity.

    January 11, 2008 03:53 am at 3:53 am |
  5. Bill W

    Eat a HUCKABURGER & don't Vote for him

    January 11, 2008 04:09 am at 4:09 am |
  6. Allen Tennessee

    This proves people need to research the candidates before they make a decision that we will have to live with for another four years. Talk is simply that. Look into their voting records, if they were there. Look at the ones who claim to be Christians and see what the church believes that they call their home church. And there you will find truth. Shine the light of truth and be educated voters.

    January 11, 2008 04:46 am at 4:46 am |
  7. Milton

    Huckabee makes George Bush look positively erudite. Here is a man that doesn't believe in evolution and would rather "side with God" then science since "science always changes but God never does". Ug. Welcome to the dark ages if this simp gets elected. I wonder if Huckabee doesn't believe in using antibiotics, cancer treatment, heart surgery or sending satellites into orbit? It seems that he is hypocritical denouncing science yet benefiting from it. Huckatollah, I suggest you finish (or start) your education before running for President. We already have a simpleton in office now and we are paying for wallowing in the lethal combination of ignorance and arrogance. The US is no longer respected in the world and will lose its superpower status once we default on our giant credit card bill. Huckabee will only hasten the decent. I didn't think it was possible to find a presidential prospect more contemptible than George Bush, but I was wrong.

    January 11, 2008 05:33 am at 5:33 am |
  8. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    It's bad enough to have pardoned the rapist but Huckabee's response was very, very telling.

    1st: He claimed "no one could know" that the guy would murder someone else -
    then it comes out he had met with a previous rape victim personally and had
    heard from others protesting the pardon – he denied then "sort of" remembered the meeting.

    2nd: Huckabee stated that he didn't pressure the Parole Board. They remember being very strongly pressured – more than than the typical governor usually did.

    Mike's response ? "These guys were politically motivated" – the majority of the
    men were appointed Republicans!

    3rd: DuMond was high on the pardon list because one of the women
    he raped was a distant cousin of Bill Clinton – the state GOP assumed
    that DuMond was a political prisoner and innocent... and so pressured
    Mike to release DuMond to murder two people.

    This is the "deny, lie and spin" that we have had for the past 7 years! It's the old GOP whine "mistakes were made" – never "I made a mistake" – blame someone else!

    Not this time!

    January 11, 2008 05:42 am at 5:42 am |
  9. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    All the republicans are weak minded. How is that new? Isn't it obvious that the two parties are divided along the have and have not line in the intelligence department? A lot of republicans down there in SC make it a good place to invest. Easy pickin's.

    January 11, 2008 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  10. Independent in IA

    Anyone who makes the effort and takes the time to do research on this lying, unscrupulous religious bigot would certainly berate themselves for even thinking about voting for him.

    His entire political history is riddled with lies, cheating, theft, distruction of state property and ethics violations.

    Both he and his wife are greedy, manipulative scoundrels not worthy of the attention of true Christians nor of anyone who believes in a Higher Being.

    January 11, 2008 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  11. phil texas

    GET THE WHOLE STORY
    HUCKABEE DENIED PAROLE 4 TIMES
    THE PAROLE BOARD PARDON THE GUY

    January 11, 2008 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  12. Barb K

    Every Arkansas resident I have talked with, says that Governor Huckabee was a very good governor.

    January 11, 2008 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  13. Susan

    To Stephanie -
    Wikipedia doesn't all get their facts right. Don't trust everything you read.
    I went to college with Mike Huckabee – to a very well, respected college. It's not easy to finish in 2 1/2 years – he had to be very smart to do that. Then, he went on to get his master's degree. The facts are – Mike and Janet did not meet at college. They grew up together in Hope, Arkansas. They got married before she started college. What difference does it make if her maiden name is McCain? What's that got to do with anything?
    The Wayne DuMond case is not a simple case. I don't know who has all the correct information about it.

    January 11, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  14. Casey

    In my opinion, Huckbee will be very bad for this country. I'm a Christian but I don't support his policies.

    Lynn Lee-the (un)FairTax is NOT Fair and will by all means lead us to the biggest recession the country has ever seen. Please look further into it than just listening to those FairTax people who try to convience people its better-if anything it would be worse than the current system.

    January 11, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  15. Susan

    Acckk – I should have edited myself. Wikipedia doesn't always get their facts right.
    and I'm supposed to be a writer....

    January 11, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  16. Caroline, San Franscico

    Dave,

    I didn't say anything about the Wayne DuMond case, which I assume you are refferring to. There are many, many things wrong with Huckabee... it doesn't just stop at that case. I didn't cite any specific examples, but if you would like I'd be more than happy to do so.

    Perhaps you should read people's comments more carefully before telling them things they are already aware of.

    January 11, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  17. Tom Dedham, Mass

    Ed Ellenville,New York January 11, 2008 6:55 am ET

    All the republicans are weak minded. How is that new? Isn't it obvious that the two parties are divided along the have and have not line in the intelligence department? A lot of republicans down there in SC make it a good place to invest. Easy pickin's.

    Nobody else needs to post here, Ed "the genius liberal" Ellenville fron New Yawk has posted and speaks for all of us that don't have the capacity to do so.

    Yes Ed, ALL Republicans are dumb and weak minded especially those southern ones who talk funny.

    Since you like to generalize so much I got one for you, you liberal bleeding heart New Yawkers are so stupid to vote for a carpet bagger like Hillary based on no credentials but a familiar name and she had a (D) next to her name.

    By the way, I wouldn't vote for huckleberry for dog catcher, so maybe not all Republicans with degrees are stupid.

    January 11, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  18. Jeff

    I find it hard to believe (but am not surprised) that those of you that contantly preach acceptance, tolerence and respect for someone else's point of views will be so malicious when it comes to someone respectfully expressing a diffent opinion from your own as Mike Huckabee is. A person that takes the initiative to investigate a case and pardon people (even if it is not in his best interest) rather than just push the happy trigger button, to me is a person you may want to consider for President, especially given the messy situation we are in in iraq.

    Those that accuse Mike Huckaby of being a bigot simply on the bases of his religious beliefs, without sufficient credible evidence are simply showing that they are even more bigoted than that think he is, only that they don't realize it; ignorant bigotry! And to think that many of you got alot of your information from just wikipedia tells me that america's education system is truely in a tailspin.

    January 11, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  19. JM

    This ad has ROMNEY written all over it. He is sneaky and employs some of the most sleazy campaign advisors in the country. What the heck is a few more million to muddy up an opponent....Right Mitt?

    January 11, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  20. Jeff

    I find it hard to believe (but am not surprised) that those of you that contantly preach acceptance, tolerence and respect for someone else's point of views will be so malicious when it comes to someone respectfully expressing a diffent opinion from your own as Mike Huckabee is. A person that takes the initiative to investigate a case and pardon people (even if it is not in his best interest) rather than just push the happy trigger button, to me is a person you may want to consider for President, especially given the messy situation we are in in iraq.

    Those that accuse Mike Huckabee of being a bigot simply on the bases of his religious beliefs, without sufficient credible evidence, are simply showing that they are even more bigoted than that think he is, only that they don't realize it. They are not just bigots, they are ignorant bigots! And to think that many of you got alot of your information from just wikipedia tells me that America's education system is truely in a tailspin.

    January 11, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  21. Jason, Boston MA

    The liberal media would love to have Huckabee or McCain win the Republican nomination. That would pretty much guarantee whoever the Dems decide on will be the president. Huckabee spent much of his adult life as a Baptist preacher. Nothing wrong with that, but COME ON, not exactly the best training for a president. McCain spent much of his adult life in the military and on military security. For a country that's tired of war, McCain will lose big-time. Romney is the best candidate to run for the Republican party. All anybody can ever accuse him of is flip-flopping. Yeah, like we've never heard that before about any other candidates and presidents. The guy is a success in everything he does. No joke. He's the brightest hope the Republicans have of successfully taking the white house.

    January 11, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  22. TheDawg

    Caroline, San Francisco, Hello, pot. I guess you don't remember a certain Democrat named BILL CLINTON, who your ilk voted into office because of his personality. Sure he didn't release rapists from prison, he just WAS a rapist, according to several women that he raped or "sexually harassed."

    January 11, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  23. Caroline, San Franscico

    "TheDawg,"

    There are quite a few people who strongly dislike Clinton, myself included. Not all liberals were very fond of that president. Once again, this doesn't have anything to do with any of the Clintons. I will be equally distressed of Hilary makes it to the Oval Office.

    January 11, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  24. Patty Atlanta GA

    Teach themGov HUckabee – I can't wait for you to introduce the liars and sinners to, as you say "the gates of Hell". Go HUCK! Together we wil eradicate the sinners from the Earth.

    January 11, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  25. Susan, Milwaukee, WI

    Huckabot for President!

    RIGHT for IRAN.

    WRONG for AMERICA!

    January 11, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
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